Church News

Rehearsals Begin for Children's Christmas Program
We are preparing to start work on our annual Christmas Musical at church.  It's called “The Inn Crowd” and we hope to have many young singers and actors to help tell this special story!  We invite children and their parents to come to hear the story and music in our kick-off gathering on Sunday, September 30 in the Fellowship Hall from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  We'll enjoy some treats as we learn about the story and rehearsal schedules. We should be through by 5:00 p.m.  Chris Sweeney is

Youth Group has Started Up
We have started meeting at the Youth House again on Wednesday evenings (6:30-7:30 p.m.).  The Youth Group is open to students in grades 7-12.  Bring a friend; or even bring someone you just met as school.  Visit the Youth Page

Three Youth Join the Church
Jaden Ahnefeld, Brittany Hays, and Ruby Schmidt completed their preparation for becoming full members of the church.  That preparation included a 10-week Confirmation Course with Rev. & Mrs. Williams.  They also did community service outside the church as well as a very successful service project within the church raising $2,500 for releif aid to Puerto Rico.  Confirmation Sunday was August 12.  [View their Confirmation Sunday picture].

Welcome to our New Custodian
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce that we have a new custodian.  Her name is Kelsey Patton and she has experience doing the very type of work we need to have done.  Because most of the cleaning required throughout the week is directly related to our Guardian Angel Daycare, Kelsey begins working late in the afternoon about the time the daycare children leave each day.  She's only been on the job here at the church for a little while and she's doing an excellent job!  We are grateful to have her working with us.

Lay Servant Ministry Workshop
The Northwest District of the United Methodist Church (of which we are a part) is offering three new Lay Servant Workshops on Saturday, November 10 at the Smithville United Methodist Church (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  These events are great for anyone who wants to learn about being a Methodist or how to do more for your church.  You may choose which of the three workshops you would like to attend.
Find out more about

the three courses being offered.
Learn more about what “Lay Servant Ministries” are all about in our Missouri Conference.

Upper Room Magazines
The September-October 2018 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays.  Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]